Local volunteer opportunities for MLK Day

Honor the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. with these local volunteer opportunities.


The Martin Luther King Jr. March and Celebration in SATX is the largest in the nation.

Photo by SATXtoday team

Each year, Martin Luther King Jr. Day is observed as a federal holiday on the third Monday of January — Jan. 16 this year. The theme for this year is “Cultivating a Beloved Community Mindset to Transform Unjust Systems,” according to The King Centera nonprofit founded by MLK’s wife, Coretta Scott King, to continue Dr. King’s legacy.

If you have time to dedicate to our community, here are three local volunteer opportunities:

  • Habitat for Humanity San Antonio | Habitat builds homes year-round and needs volunteers to help with construction Tuesdays through Saturdays, 7:45 a.m.-3:30 p.m.
  • Keep San Antonio Beautiful | Make a difference by volunteering to clean up the neighborhoods in the Alamo City. They host numerous events throughout the year that you can sign up for.
  • Fiesta Youth | This organization serves LGBTQ+ teens and young adults. You can donate your time by facilitating weekly youth meetings + helping with annual events.

Or participate in Mitchell Lake Audubon Center’s 2nd Saturday Habitat Work Day as members of the community come together to help manage the garden. The event will begin at 8 a.m. at 10750 Pleasanton Rd.

Don’t forget to also mark your calendar for the country’s largest MLK march in the nation happening in San Antonio on Monday, Jan. 16 at 10 a.m. The march will kick off at the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Academy, followed by a community celebration at Pittman-Sullivan Park.

For the 36th Martin Luther King Jr. March and Celebration, you can expect multicultural performances, a health and wellness area, a youth area, food and merchandise vendors, and other information booths.

Looking for other ways to get involved? Check out more local volunteer opportunities .